• Luciana Vieira


Updated: Aug 22, 2021

If you're a girl growing up in the 90's you probably watched Pretty Woman countless times as I did. It's been 30 years since the release, but I still feel like I am 16 again every time I watch it. Yes, it's a cinderella story, but "who cares"?

The movie that turned Julia Roberts into a star is also one of her most memorable films. Despite its far-fetched scenario, it might be one of the few Hollywood productions that turns prostitution into a kind of fairy tale romance.

But, back to the clothes. There's no doubt to this day the Pretty Woman wardrobe is still an inspiration to us all.

1 - The Opera Red Gown

Perhaps one of the most memorable ensembles in movie history, Julia Roberts, is impeccable in this floor-length off-the-should red dress. The real "Cinderella moment" in the movie happened when Vivian appeared in an elegant red gown, ready for the opera night. This luxury look was completed with the $250,000 ruby-studded necklace that Edward borrowed for that occasion. She looked like a regular Californian socialite in this playful yet demure outfit.

2 - The Big Mistake Dress

I love this button-down dress with gloves and heels combo. Don't you recognize the puff sleeve trend? Any woman would rock in this dress nowadays.

Revenge is a dish best served cold, or in Vivian's case with a side of Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Vivian somehow pulls it off with her new influx of cash and confidence. With hands full of shopping bags, making one of the most iconic lines in the movie: "You work on commission, right? Big mistake! Big! Huge!"

3 - Derby Polka Dot Dress

This 40s inspired is one of the most beautiful and elegant dresses in this movie. Vivian looks flattering in this brown polka dot dress, with a matching hat, white shoes, and gloves. It's a complete look from head to toe. Maybe the Rodeo Drive boutiques used to sell complete outfits like this back in the 90s?

4 - The Cocktail Dress

Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) sees Vivian (Julia Roberts) dressed like a lady for the first time. This little black dress was a winner. The dress is just above the knee, with off-the-shoulder short sleeves and gorgeous lace. When laying his eyes on Vivian in this lovely cocktail dress, it is evident that he has been charmed.

5 - Vivian Before Edward

When Edward (Richard Gere) meets Vivian (Julia Roberts), she wore a short, provocative white-blue dress and over-knee, black leather boots. When she steps inside a hotel with a good reputation, Edward covers her with his long, classic trench coat. It's the most iconic look, and despite the red Opera gown being the most desirable one, this is the outfit we always remember from the film.

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